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Petitioning the Federal Government
Diagram of a Slave Ship
Diagram of a Slave Ship
(Courtesy of the New York Historical Society)

This illustration shows the extremely crowded conditions aboard a ship which transported slaves to the United States. It was the trade by such ships that the Quakers and the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery were asking Congress to regulate.

To see a larger version of the diagram of a slave ship, click on the image to the left.



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